Celebrate Spring at the San Diego Botanical Garden


It’s spring again and there’s no better place to experience the season than the San Diego Botanical Garden.

This year there’s more happening than ever, so get ready to put on your walking shoes, enjoy the flowery scene and maybe dive into one of the following special events.

Swimming in the forest/nature

April 10, 9-11 a.m.; May 15, 9-11 a.m.

Spring is the perfect time to immerse yourself in this deeply satisfying way of connecting with nature. It has been popular in Japan for several decades, where doctors prescribe forest baths to patients, and eco-psychologist Rhana Kozak, a longtime SDBG guide and certified forest therapy guide, leads healing walks in the garden. since 2018 – with one year – long Covid wait.

Forest bathers gathered for treats after the walk.

(Lonnie Hewitt)

Walking with Rhana is a complete mind-body experience, a bath for all your senses. Giving what Rhana calls “extravagant attention” to your surroundings proves to be both relaxing and uplifting.

Current research confirms that our immune systems benefit from time spent in the natural world, and every walk begins with a breath of fragrant greenery and ends with herbal teas and healthy treats. “What a perfect morning!” said one of the happy walkers from last month. It certainly was.

Questions? Contact rhanakozak@gmail.com

Forest bathing option: enjoy the bamboo forest from scratch.

Forest bathing option: enjoy the bamboo forest from scratch.

(Lonnie Hewitt)

Watercolor Plants with Skye Walker

April 23, 2-5 p.m.

Create your own plant-centric watercolors with local artist Skye Walker, who will show you how to play with color and technique using the botanical beauties of the Dickinson Conservatory as models. All skill levels are welcome and you will receive a list of recommended materials with your registration.

Le Jardin also offers indoor and outdoor yoga classes, some with musical accompaniment. Classes require pre-registration, fees include entry to the garden, and you can stay all day if you wish. sdbgarden.org/classes.htm

For children’s programs, see sdbgarden.org/kids.htm

The world of orchids

May 7-June 12

Starting on Mother’s Day weekend, you can see hundreds of orchids, some of which are rare plants on loan from local orchid societies, inside the spacious glass-enclosed Dickinson Conservatory. It’s an orchid show with a difference: Rene van Rems, an acclaimed horticultural designer and SDBG artist-in-residence, will create a new flower show every week, encouraging multiple visits. sdbgarden.org/orchids.htm

See the invisible

Until August 2022

And if you haven’t seen the Invisible yet, it’s a surprising new way to experience the Garden, an engaging event that calls for sharing with family or friends, and a smartphone camera. For more on this augmented reality art and nature adventure, which is included with admission but must be scheduled in advance, check out the Encinitas Advocate story at bit.ly/3jfuJYN

San Diego Botanical Garden

Quail Gardens Drive and Ecke Ranch Rd, Encinitas

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Monday, closed on Tuesday.

Admission: $10-18, members free.

sdbgarden.org (760) 436-3036


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